Every Tuesday at 7:00 pm, the phone line buzzes as the participants call in to join together for an hour of Bible study and prayer – ardent, heartfelt prayers. Gilda Harvey, a member of Community of Hope in Fort Worth, Texas is one of three hosts who take turns leading this group each week from their homes. They use only their voices, without video or registration requirements – all are welcome and they offer privacy for anyone who wishes to be anonymous.
The Prayerline began when isolation by the pandemic meant loneliness and depression for those sheltered at home. The closeness evolved, membership grew, and now members attend regularly, even though most are now able to attend in person worship. They begin with Bible study, leading into discussion, and followed by sharing their needs or difficulties they are facing. Participants seek prayers for their needs and speak praises to God for the goodness in their lives. Their compassion for each other grows, the members hear spoken words of hope, and lives are being uplifted and changed. God is at work for this hour and by the leadership of Ms. Harvey, God is bringing hope and comfort and joy to these faithful participants.
Ms. Harvey says, “I joined Community of Hope Lutheran Church in 1971 during its organizational period and I remained there for a number of years. After an absence, I returned six years ago as an active member just ahead of Pastor Nicholaus Chove being placed there as our Pastor. Four years ago, Pastor Chove had a vision to begin a prayer line due to his deep conviction that prayer is a powerful force in growing close to our Father.
“He asked me to form a team to assist with the establishment of a PrayerLine to pray for others. Each Tuesday we come together with a number of participants to hear presentations inspired by the Holy Spirit to help their relationship with God grow, to receive prayers for challenges that they face, and to pray for others in our community, our nation as well as around the world. We receive praise reports of those who have been healed from surgeries, cancer, Covid, other illnesses and diseases. “Our faith teaches us that prayers is a powerful gift that Christians can offer to and for others ,known and unknown. I give all praises to God.”
Their compassion for each other grows, the members hear spoken words of hope, and lives are being uplifted and changed. God is at work for this hour and by the leadership of Ms. Harvey, God is bringing hope and comfort and joy to these faithful participants. Contact Community of Hope for information on how to join the ministry of the PrayerLine.
The Rev. Nicholaus Chove is pastor of Community of Hope Lutheran Church, Umoja International Chapel, both in Fort Worth. Pr. Chove is also a member of the Mission Endowment Board.